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Polygamist Fugitive May Have Been 'Raptured': Attorney

Lyle Jeffs' attorney appears (we hope) to be joking with latest theory on disappearance

(Newser) - Lyle Jeffs' lawyer really wishes she could consult with him regarding a food stamp fraud trial involving 11 members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Fox 13 reports. But the polygamist leader of the FLDS, who the New York Daily News notes had been under house... More »

Endtimes Finally Here for Doomsday Prophet Camping

Preacher who erroneously predicted the rapture thrice dead at 92

(Newser) - It turns out the end was nigh for Harold Camping, just not quite as nigh as he thought. The preacher, who thrice predicted the date of the rapture without apparent success, has died at age 92, Family Radio Network revealed today. Camping passed away at home with his family on... More »

Doomsday Prophet Guilty of Tax Evasion

'But the world was ending!' excuse not bought by jurors

(Newser) - Jurors didn't buy a doomsday prophet's excuse that he didn't pay his taxes because he believed the end of the world was nigh. Ronald Weinland, who was found guilty of federal tax evasion Wednesday, apparently believed that the Swiss banking system would survive the apocalypse and second... More »

Rapture Pet Rescue Creator: It Was a Hoax

Post-Judgment Day pet care offer a 'social experiment'

(Newser) - The guy behind the company offering to look after believers' pets after the Rapture has admitted that the whole business was a hoax. Bart Centre says he decided to come clean after New Hampshire authorities launched a probe of Eternal Earth-Bound Pets for engaging in "unauthorized business of insurance,... More »

Harold Camping: I Won't Predict Apocalypse Again

Turns out thou shalt not know the day nor the hour after all

(Newser) - America's favorite doomsday prophet issued a belated apology letter yesterday, admitting he was wrong about the rapture coming on May 21 . (No specific mention of his subsequent prediction that the world would end on October 21 , but we assume he was wrong then, too.) "We now realize... More »

Harold Camping on Failed Rapture: Uh, 'Embarrassing'

But it's OK, God is in charge

(Newser) - "When it comes to trying to recognize the truth of prophecy, we're finding that it is very, very difficult," says Harold Camping in an audio message recently posted on his Family Radio website. Well, that’s one way of putting it: Camping has now twice predicted a... More »

Rescheduled Rapture Doesn't Happen

Harold Camping appears to have miscalculated again

(Newser) - If you're reading this and the world isn't in the process of being annihilated around you, it means Harold Camping got it wrong again. After his original prediction that the Rapture would arrive May 21 didn't come true, the doomsday prophet decided that he had miscalculated and... More »

Harold Camping: Doomsday Is Definitely Friday

May 21 rapture was just misunderstood, he insists

(Newser) - The end is nigh—no, really this time!—but don’t bother repenting. That’s what Harold Camping, America’s favorite doomsday prophet , is preaching these days. In a message on his website spotted by USA Today , Camping says that Oct. 21, “at this point, looks like it... More »

Rapture Predictor Recovering in Nursing Home

Harold Camping going through physical rehab

(Newser) - Everyone's favorite failed doomsday predictor is out of the hospital. Harold Camping has been moved to an Oakland nursing home for rehab as part of his recovery from a stroke he suffered last month . It's unclear, however, whether he will be able to return to his Family Radio... More »

Poll: Rapture Would Be Great for Obama

Turns out Rapture believers really like Sarah Palin

(Newser) - The Rapture didn’t happen last weekend—and that’s a shame for Barack Obama. Public Policy Polling ran a poll to see what political effect the Rapture might have. Only 2% of respondents actually thought it was coming on May 21, a staggeringly low number. “It's really... More »

Non-Rapture Claims Another Victim

Victor Frasno, 25, died trying to swim to God

(Newser) - Some 20 minutes after Harold Camping said the first world-ending earthquake was to shake the planet, authorities pulled Victor Frasno's body from a lake in Antioch, Calif. The Florida man spent Friday evening talking to his brother and sister-in-law about God and quoting passages from the book of Ezekiel... More »

Harold Camping Spent $100M on Rapture Ads: Employee

Has predicted end of world no less than 10 times

(Newser) - Talk about unnecessary spending: Harold Camping shelled out some $100 million to advertise his May 21 Rapture claim—money that came largely from the sale of a TV channel and a radio station, says a Family Radio employee. “A lot of reporters have got it wrong,” said Matt... More »

Camping: Oh, Wait. Rapture Is Actually Oct. 21

Rest assured, the earth will still be consumed by a fireball

(Newser) - Harold Camping's new favorite phrase: Better late than never. The California preacher has an easy explanation for why the rapture never came to pass on Saturday: He was five months off. Doh! The actual rapture will be Oct. 21. He had originally said that was the day on which... More »

Rapture Believers React to Still Being Here

Confusion, acceptance from those who thought world would end

(Newser) - So, how do rapture believers feel today, considering the fact that they’re still firmly on earth? A sampling of reactions from the Huffington Post , Reuters , the AP , and the Los Angeles Times :
  • John Ramsey, 25, quit his job, donated thousands of dollars to Camping’s Family Radio, and took
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Camping 'Bewildered, Mystified' at Lack of Rapture

No official statement today, wife tells board member

(Newser) - Harold Camping came out of hiding briefly yesterday after his predicted rapture did not come to pass, appearing at the front door of his Alameda home to tell the San Francisco Chronicle he had "a really tough weekend." Nearly 18 hours after his May 21 rapture failed to... More »

Teen Drowns Celebrating Not End of the World

Tragic end for Anthony Alexander Johnson, 18

(Newser) - A Michigan teenager is missing and presumed drowned after he leaped from a bridge with friends to celebrate a day of rapture that never came. Anthony Alexander Johnson, 18, jumped into the Kalamazoo River with four pals, but was quickly overcome by the fast-moving current. "Save him, someone save... More »

As Rapture Fizzles, Camping Is AWOL

Preacher silent in the face of latest failed predictions

(Newser) - Now that another prophecy about the end of the world has has fizzled , attention is turning to the 89-year-old radio evangelist who made the prediction in the first place. Harold Camping has made no statement yet, his Family Radio website has yet to be updated, and the preacher is nowhere... More »

No Sign of Rapture Yet

Harold Camping's deadline arrives, but world goes on

(Newser) - Geez, it didn't even cloud over. Harold Camping's deadline of doomsday/Rapture has arrived on the East Coast without a peep, just as it did in the world's earlier time zones. "So far it hasn't interrupted my fish & chips," read a typical tweet from... More »

Rapture Isn't Tomorrow—It Starts Tonight

6pm May 21 arrives at International Dateline at 11pm PST

(Newser) - Set your clocks folks, the rapture is at 6pm sharp tomorrow. So sayeth Harold Camping, the 89-year-old preacher whose Family Radio group is behind all those billboards you’ve been seeing. But wait, Tina Dupuy of the Atlantic asks, is that Eastern or Pacific? Both, Camping replies: God will courteously... More »

Family Drama: Mom Quit Job ... 'Cause Rapture Is Nigh

Because rapture is nigh

(Newser) - Preparing for the coming rapture ain’t easy—especially when your kids think you’re nuts. That’s the case in the Haddad Carson household, where college savings have been halted and mom has quit her job to spread the word with dad, but they can’t convince the three... More »

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